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Second Closed Loop Recycling plant will be in Wales

Plastics recycler Closed Loop Recycling has confirmed its second food grade plant will be in North Wales.

The company had always planned to build a network of food grade plants in the UK and opened its first in Dagenham, London in June this year (MRW June 26).

Company managing director Chris Dow said the company plans to have  five facilities across the UK within five years.

Plans for a third plant, which the company hopes to have operational by 2010, are also underway.

With an investment of £12 million the Welsh plant in Deeside, Flintshire will process 50,000 tonnes of PET and HDPE a year, producing 12,000 tonnes of HDPE and 15,000 tonnes of PET.

Veolia Environmental Services will supply material ready for recycling to the plant.

Dow said that the plant had already secured buyers for 60% of the output. Buyers include Coca-Cola Enterprises, milk bottle manufacturers Nampak and Logoplaste, and Solo Cup Europe. Packaging made from the plantâ€s flakes will be used by Marks & Spencer and Britvic.

Dow said: â€The second plant will allow us to make a real impact to plastic recycling in North Wales and North West England and we are delighted to receive such positive support from the Welsh Assembly.â€?

A Closed Loop spokeswoman said: â€The plant has good arterial links to Wales and the North of England meaning we can provide a service for a wide area.â€?

Funding for the plant has come from private equity from the Foresight Group, a loan from Allied Irish Bank and £1 million from the Welsh Assembly.

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